Dunboyne Councilor Damien O’Reilly has warned Lidl’s plans to open a store in the village will end in a ‘planning war’ and said the community will use all the tools of the planning system to stop the app.
He made the comments after Tuesday night’s Zoom briefing by Lidl and accused the retailer of intent to destroy the village of Dunboyne.
“I expect that this proposal will lead to a” war of urban planning “and this process could last four or five years, as the situation in Douglas in Cork, Clonmel in Tipperary and the persistent problem of Lidl website in Kells as residents want Lidl in Kells but not on the site they own.
“The community is enraged and will use all tools in the planning system to stop this application in the planning system, including judicial review in the High Court,” he said.
Many locals were deeply unhappy with the format of Tuesday night’s zoom briefing as well as the tone of the meeting, with many feeling it made Lidl look like they were doing them a favour, with the changes they were proposing in the village. It has also been reported that some people are having trouble logging in, although it is understood that additional capacity was later rolled out.
The Lidl panel included Brian Smyth and Damien Ryan from the Lidl Property team, a planning consultant, a traffic and transport consultant, a landscape architect and architect as well as Lidl communications representatives.
A follow-up session has been organized on Tuesday evening February 1 at 6:30 p.m. at the Oak Center, where residents will have the opportunity to meet Lidl representatives face to face.
According to Lidl, members of the Dunboyne community will be able to view proposed plans for the new Lidl store and have a one-on-one conversation with the Lidl team.
Speaking after Tuesday’s zoom session, local councilor Maria Murphy said many people felt the meeting was unsatisfactory and preferred a personal engagement. “Because the webinar was one-sided, people felt even more dissatisfied because they initially thought it would be a two-way meeting.”
She said it looked like there were a lot of people on the Zoom webinar. “I had a lot of engagement on my own platforms and private messages after the meeting with people giving me their thoughts on the meeting which was very organized to make it seem like there was nothing wrong with it. wrong with any aspect of their project and for the most part that they were doing us a favor by coming to Dunboyne.
“It is now well recognized by all who live here and by those who have sent correspondence to Lidl that there are a number of challenges with the site, including the unique approach to the area through the village green and the level of traffic in this part of Dunobyne The roadside glass buildings are also a problem as their appearance is not in keeping with the parish house and church which are historic buildings.
It emerged at the meeting that Lidl was proposing that part of the island outside Brady be realigned, including the removal of a tree and the removal of a handicapped space to widen the road so that a right turn can be made in the old school. Lidl also proposes to extend the path to the entrance of the church and to develop the area.
A planning application has not yet been lodged but is expected to be submitted to Meath County Council in the coming weeks.